What a success!

When mediators first become accredited they are on a mission to observe real mediations and obtain the points needed for CMC registration. With the aim of helping them to achieve this in a work life balance compatible way,  the first ‘Observer Day’ was held yesterday.

The mediators were able to observe two mediations with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions between private sessions and to share the mediation experience with the mediator.

The day included a short presentation on ‘Getting Started in Mediation’. This was interactive with the participants sharing their own experiences of starting up  company and the effectiveness of different types of marketing strategies.

Many of the observers who have joined me on mediations have expressed struggling with the breach between initial training and actually being ready to practice.  Rossendale Mediation is looking to start a network and schedule some events that will help to breach this gap.

Whilst mediations can be somewhat intense, a good day was had by all and I look forward to being able to repeat it if there are mediators who would feel they would benefit from such an event.

Please contact jackie@rossendalemediation.co.uk or via the contact form with your expression of interest



#alternative dispute resolution

Rosendale Mediation is now able to provide Mediation observations for newly qualified mediators wanting to apply for registration. The aim is to give a full 360 degree experience of the mediation process rather than just a view of the mediator/participant discussions. I found that I was surprised by how much communication is required just to get the parties to the table and then just how much correspondence is sent in order to ‘save time’ on the day.

To this end, observers will receive

  • An anonymised view of the pre mediation correspondence showing you the process leading up to the actual day.
  • A 30 minute pre mediation session for observers to ask any questions
  • Brief discussions between speaking to the parties to provide insight into the mediators strategy and thought process.
  • Experience of how the settlement gets agreed when parties are not there in person to sign


Experience of a dispute not settling

  • What the settlement agreement looks like
  • Discussion afterwards to talk through what happened, where the turning point occurred if a settlement was reached


Reasons why no settlement was reached and the application of hindsight.

  • All observations are subject to signing of a confidentiality agreement and observation fees available upon request.